Published on June 6th, 20120
Euro 2012 – Groups Review and Predictions
Friday the 8th of June 2012 marks the start of the Euro 2012. The European Championship is second to the FIFA World Cup but it will offer
brilliant viewing for just under a month with many of the worlds greatest players currently. Many people are backing different people – people fancy Spain due to them being effective and victorious at the last World Cup in South Africa but others are opting for Germany, Italy, France and England. The tournament is a lot more open than a FIFA World Cup tournament, in all, 27 nations have appeared at least once in the final of the tournament. Of these, twelve have made it to the final match, and nine of them have won it at least once. With three titles, Germany is the most successful European Championship team. No team has ever won consecutive titles.
What do we make of each group and who do we think will progress from the group stages?
|8 June 2012|
|Russia||Match 2||Czech Republic|
|12 June 2012|
|Greece||Match 9||Czech Republic|
|16 June 2012|
|Czech Republic||Match 17||Poland|
|9 June 2012|
|13 June 2012|
|17 June 2012|
- Republic of Ireland
|10 June 2012|
|Republic of Ireland||Match 6||Croatia|
|14 June 2012|
|Spain||Match 14||Republic of Ireland|
|18 June 2012|
|Italy||Match 22||Republic of Ireland|
|11 June 2012|
|15 June 2012|
|19 June 2012|
Group A – Russia / Runners Up Greece
This is the group where we could see an underdog or not one of the usual backers winning. Greece have done it before in 2004 could they do it again?
Group B – Germany / Runners Up Netherlands
The ‘Group of Death’ offers a great group with 4 great teams, this group could offer any of the 4 winners but we think Germany are overall more rounded and more effective.
Group C - Spain / Runners Up Croatia
We have opted for Croatia runners up over Italy as we think Italy are not as effective all round as they use to be, no doubt we will be eating out words but Croatia have a chance of beating Italy and Republic of Ireland while Spain are hot favourites.
Group D – France / Runners Up England
France have been scoring a lot of goals and have a lot of great midfield and up-front players to out weigh their not so efficient defence, they will be on top with England getting the runners up spot.